DIRECTIONS/WEEKDAY PARKING: From the North, exit Rte 93 at Purchase St. from the O'Neill Tunnel. Left at the ramp, straight across onto Moakley Bridge to commuter lots on either side of Northern Avenue ($11 daily). Walk to Rowes's Wharf across the pedestrian bridge, right at end of bridge down steps to walkway along the water to Gate B at the Rotunda on Rowes Wharf, or hail the launch from the Barking Crab Marina behind the restaurant. From the West and South, 93 north or Mass Pike east to South Station exit. Follow South Station signs to Atlantic Ave to the Moakley Bridge, park as described above and take the pedestrian bridge to Rowes Wharf or the use the Barking Crab Marina pickup site.
|DIRECTIONS: ROWES WHARF, BOSTON
DIRECTIONS/WEEKNIGHT OR WEEKEND PARKING: Weeknights after 4:30 and all day weekends best parking is International Place Garage at the intersection of Surface Artery and High Street opposite Rowes Wharf. Garage entry is half way down the block. Current rates are $9 flat fee. From 93 North, exit at Purchase St, right at top of ramp, straight across to Purchase St, first right onto High Street, then right onto Surface Artery to garage entry. Cross the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park to the Arch at Rowes Wharf, the Rotunda and Gate B/Odyssey dock are to your right.
Directions: From Boston and Vicinity, Take Rte 24 south to Rte 195 east at Fall River, go 2 miles take Exit 10 onto Route 88. Continue on 88 to the bridge over the Westport River. Right immediately after the bridge onto Cherry & Webb Road. Follow road along the water's edge past the Back Eddy restaurant to the Tripp Boatyard. Alternate route from the South Shore--Take 195 West from New Bedford to Exit 10 onto Route 88, follow directions above from 88.
Parking: Park free on the Tripp Boatyard premises. Tell the
parking attendant you are with the Sailing Club. Sticker is not needed.
Launch Service/boat locations/fuel dock hours: Launch leaves from "A" dock next to the yellow boatyard crane. Push the call button at the 3rd slip on A dock and wait for the launch. Launch hours are 8-8 daily, 8-10 Friday and Saturday. KUNDAGGA, the Pearson 36 is on mooring #207, FINNEGANS WAKE the Albin 28 is on mooring #203. The Tripp fuel dock is open daily until 5 for diesel, water and pump out. There is a modest charge each way for launch service.
Buzzards Bay is a NO-DISCHARGE ZONE so be sure the tank is pumped before you leave and after you return. The Westport Harbormaster will also pump boats. Call him on channel 9 or 508 636 1105 to arrange pump out if you can't pump out at Tripps dock.. Leave a piece of tape (in the chart table) on the deck pump out cap to signal a pump out is needed. He will remove the tape after its done.
Other Information: Charts of Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound are onboard for your use, along with a winch handle. There is also a Cruising Guide onboard to aid in trip planning. Use the chart of Westport Harbor in the Cruising Guide for Harbor entry and exit, or purchase NOAA chart #13237 (Westport Harbor) from a marine chart supplier (Tripps, West Marine, CG Edwards).
The Westport River is a tidal river with strong outgoing and incoming currents. You should exercise caution leaving and approaching the moorings and be prepared to make more than one pass if currents are running strong. The entrance to Westport Harbor is subject to breaking seas in strong southerly wind at entrance buoy 4 so enter the Harbor under power to maximize maneuverability.
Nearest grocery store is Lee's, 2 lights up on the state highway, left then a right. There is an associated liquor store. Good local restaurants are the Back Eddy right at the Bridge, and Bayside, straight on 88 past Horseneck Beach, left at the T then sharp left hand turn to Bayside a short way up after the road bears left.